Virginia Wants Treatment – Not Jail – For Its Addicted Citizens

During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders – and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems, incarceration did nothing to address the root cause. In fact, a bulk of those who were released came…

A new poll shows Virginia favors addiction treatment options in favor of jail time.

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The bulk of the heroin sold on our streets is now being laced with carfentanil.
Don’t Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance – It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil. What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants and hippos, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than…

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  • A new poll shows Virginia favors addiction treatment options in favor of jail time. Virginia Wants Treatment – Not Jail – For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders – and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems, incarceration did nothing to address the root cause. In fact, a bulk of those who were released came…

  • The bulk of the heroin sold on our streets is now being laced with carfentanil. Don’t Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance – It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil. What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants and hippos, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than…

  • Are states just wasting money by drug testing welfare recipients? What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public assistance. It’s a move that mainly includes welfare recipients. Proponents of this movement, which are mainly…

  • I'm lucky to be alive after a year of popping Xanax and mixing it with alcohol. A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal…

  • A New York judge recently ordered a woman struggling with addiction not to get pregnant. Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who’s addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive from the bench. The woman at the core of this issue is the…

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